Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu endorsed Beit Shemesh mayoral candidate Eli
Cohen on Thursday.
In a letter, Netanyahu wrote that Cohen, an executive
at the Mekorot national water company and a former high-ranking official at the
Jewish Agency, had exhibited “determination, talent and dedication” as a public
Netanyahu “understands the importance of my election as mayor of
Beit Shemesh for all of its residents,” Cohen told The Jerusalem Post. “I thank
Prime Minister Netanyahu for his personal and public trust.”
for Mayor Moshe Abutbol of Shas said acerbically that he was pleased to see that
while the incumbent was implementing the coalition agreement that Netanyahu had
signed with Shas by building thousands of apartments for haredi families, the
prime minister decided to endorse a candidate who was not from the Likud.